MIOT Hospitals launches organ donation drive MODE
Chennai | Friday, Aug 28 2009 IST
''You don't need to be a hero to save a life. All you need is a large heart and compassion to gift a life through organ donation'.
This was the motto of the new initiative MODE (Miot Hospitals Organ DrivE), launched by Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin to educate, sensitise, enroll and propogate the message of organ donation after death.
This unique initiative, targetting 10,000 sign-ups in the first year, was launched by Miot Hospitals to commemorate its tenth anniversary. Mr Stalin and his wife Ms Durgavathy Stalin, who donated their organs to the Hospital, lit a lamp for symbolic launch of MODE in the presence of MIOT Hospitals founder Dr P V A Mohandas and Chairman Dr Mallika Mohandas.
Speaking on the occason, Dr Mohandas said thousands of people in India were suffering, waiting desparately for an organ. ''All parts of the body, except the brain, can be harvested from brain- dead patients and transplanted to the needy people''.
Corneas, Lungs, Heart, and heart valves, Liver, Kidneys, Pancreas, Intestine, Femoral and Saphenous veins, skin, connective tissue, bone, bone marrow and tendons could be donated by brain dead patients. ''Every year one lakh people are diagnosed with chronic kidney ailemnts who need urgent transplants. But due to non availability of organs only 2,500 kidney transplants are done'', he said.
Dr Mohandas said Miot Hospitals performs two kidney transplants a week which comes to just 104 transplants a year. But the demand is more.
''We have all the facilities, equipments, surgeons, expertise, and talent, but still there is no awareness on organ donation'', he said, prompting the hospital to launch this new initiative.
''The gesture of Mr Stalin and his wife will stimulate millions of people to donate their organs to meet the demand'', he added.
He said MODE was launched to extend the reach of the Tamil Nadu government's Organ donor Programme and create awareness and launch a massive drive to sensitise the people on the need for organ donation.
''MODE will handle the promotion and coordination while the organs of brain dead persons, who are registered with MODE, will be harvested by the Government in accordance with the regulations stipulated in the Transplantation of Human Organs Act'', Dr Mohandas said.
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